Has Mississippi State established a recruiting pipeline in Alabama?
Mississippi State hasn't had much national recruiting cachet for most of its history, but the Bulldogs just might be developing a recruiting pipeline outside their home state -- and not one that would be expected.
Dan Mullen and his staff managed to sign more recruits (seven) in the 2015 class from the state of Alabama than the ever-powerful Crimson Tide did (six). And while that might be brushed off as an effect of Bama's national recruiting profile, Mississippi State had the same number of commits from the state of Alabama as Auburn did.
"I think what has helped up is there are some kids who are really good players in Alabama that look around and maybe aren't getting the attention from the big in-state schools right off the bat," Mullen told Alabama Sports. "They look and know guys that come here. When they talk to them, they talk about how much they love being part of the program."
After a successful 10-win season in 2014, Mullen might finally have his program getting the national recognition it needs to continue recruiting well not just in next-door Alabama but also in other nearby talent-rich states, particularly Florida and Georgia. And as long as he continues to win, there's no reason to believe his recruiting prowess will diminish in Alabama or anywhere else.
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